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maybe I'm wrong, but I think "I'm doing good" and "I'm doing well" have the same meaning. It's just that "good" used that way is not prescriptively correct. I think it's used in informal speech, like "Listen to me good..."
Since 'doing' is dealing with a human sense - i.e., one's mental state, or one's physical state - then you could use the adjective 'good' to describe the verb doing. So if you are feeling happy, you could say "I am doing good"; and if you are recovering from surgery, you could say "I am well."
When you say 'I am well', 'well' is an adjective describing the pronoun 'I'. By definition, an adjective cannot describe a verb.
When you say 'I am doing well', 'well ' is an adverb that modifies the verb 'do'.
Thus, 'I am doing good' is considered substandard because you are using an adjective to modify a verb. You will hear some people say it, but I wouldn't recommend it. For example, don't say it in your job interview for a position where a good education is an important requirement.
Bet wishes, Clive
Am I one of the misinformed minority or one among the incorrect majority?
Jackson's mom's apple pie tastes really good!
Mary looked fantastic at her wedding
It feels good to be home after spending a year in Iraq!
Sushi with Seki for dinner sounds good....
I think verbs describe senses are ok with adjective. Or this is a false statement?
ThecandymancanI thought saying "I am doing good" is perfectly acceptable because 'doing' is a sense.Hi Thecandymancan,
"Doing" is not a "sense" word, not even "touching".
I am doing fine- it's ok, I am doing good - is substandard as Clive already pointed out.
Here it is! a piping hot slice with a big scoop of coconut ice cream coming up! You are making me hungry....
Anonymous:You cannot describe a verb using an adjective. Good is an adjective, so to say I am doing good is incorrect. You as a person can have the characteristic of being good. Good is describing you, the person (not the verb) so it is ok to say "I am good" but not "I am doing good."
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